Lambton Public Health is encouraging residents to take the proper precautions to protect their health on days when air quality is poor.
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change issues forecasted Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) values for 38 regions, including Sarnia, every hour of each day. The AQHI values range from low risk to very high risk and each connects to suggested steps to reduce exposure and risk.
The advisories issued are based on the expected duration:
* Expected to last for 1-2 hours - Special Air Quality Statement (SAQS)
* Expected to last 3 or more hours - Smog and Air Health Advisory (SAHA)
"During Air Quality Health Index advisories some individuals may experience eye irritation and breathing difficulty," says Dr. Ranade, Medical Officer of Health for Lambton County. "Strenuous outdoor activity should be avoided, especially for those with heart or lung conditions."
Possible actions to take during a high risk air quality situation could include reducing, rescheduling, or avoiding strenuous outdoor activities. The level of risk and appropriate action also depends on the person. Children, the elderly, and people with heart and breathing problems are at greater risk.
For more information on the Air Quality Health Index, actions to minimize risk, or to subscribe to notifications affecting Sarnia, visit www.airqualityontario.com or call 1-800-387-7768. Local ambient air quality data can be accessed on the Clean Air Sarnia and Area website at www.cleanairsarniaandarea.com.